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Reggio Calabria: a destination guide

Reggio Calabria: a destination guide

Travelling down the length of the boot, your last stop before hopping across to Sicily is Reggio Calabria.  It really is the last town on the toe of the boot and yet it is certainly not a place to be ignored.  A bustling university town, […]

What’s on in Calabria in August 2017

What’s on in Calabria in August 2017

Summer is here and things are hotting up both on the beaches and in the towns and villages at night. I’ve mentioned before how Calabria has a dramatic facelift in the Summer and August is the month to experience the best of this stunning region. […]

Caffè culture: a guide to Italian coffee

Caffè culture: a guide to Italian coffee

A while back I was sat in a bar at 9am destroying a chocolate croissant (In case you’re worried about why I was in a bar at that time of the morning don’t worry that’s the Italian word for café).  While contemplating my addiction to sweet, Italian pastries I became aware of an American tourist who had come in and was standing at the bar. In her best guide book Italian she requested “un latte” and smiled smugly at how well she was doing with this whole language barrier thing.  The smile turned to dismay a few moments later when in front of her was placed a big glass of milk.  You see despite the world taking on Italianisms we all seem to get it wrong. To avoid such disappointment here is my guide to Italian coffee and the caffè culture that comes with it.

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Baby Beach Essentials

Baby Beach Essentials

Whether you live by the sea or are simply dreaming of a summer holiday, any parent can tell you that going to the beach with kids  can require a lot of forward planning! Here in Calabria I spend most days on the beach as it […]

The Riace Bronzes: Bronzed Italian Warriors

The Riace Bronzes: Bronzed Italian Warriors

On an average diving trip most people are delighted to spot a particularly colourful fish or perhaps even an octopus lurking under the rocks. So imagine how Stefano Mariottini felt when whilst diving for fish 200m off the coast of Riace, he came across a […]

What NOT to do at an Italian wedding

What NOT to do at an Italian wedding

Weddings are big business the world over but in Calabria weddings are huge.  Literally, some have 500 guests!  So as wedding season is upon us I’ve put together a list of what NOT to do at an Italian wedding.

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